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REBS SWEEP LOBOS Hays volleyball steamrolling toward playoffs. - Page 1B I KYLZf Kyle ce, three-dr - Page 1( Barton Publications, Inc. iiiii!, ii!iii Serving Buda, K' Former Lehman student acquitt00 BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com A Hays County jury has acquitted a former Lehman High School student accused along with four classmates of sexually assaulting two teenage girls while they were unconscious at a party nearly three years ago. Chad M_ties, 20, was found not guilty of sexual assault on Oct. 8 after aweek- long trial during which his former co- defendants, Jesse Primeau and Ricardo Carrillo, testified for the state. The three young men were all 17 years old in November 2008 when prosecutors say they joined in what was characterized at the time of their indictment, as the drugging and gang rape of two teenage girls, both of whom were 14 at the time. "The state presented as good a case as they could but, even if you believe that people made bad choices, the question is whether or not a sexual assault occured. The jury said it did not," said Miles' attorney, DavidWatts of San Marcos. "The girls involved made some bad choices. The boys made some bad choices [but] teenag- ers are kind of prone to making bad choices." Prosecutors dropped a con- spiracy charge against Miles af- ter both the de- fense and state had presented their cases but before the jury began delibera- tion. The defense MILES sought to show that the girls could not have been under the influence of common date rape drugs by playing tape recording: of interviews in which they recalk ! some of the night's events. In a date rape case, victims have "zero recollection of what occurred but the information that came out in evidence was that the girls knew what was going on," Watts said. Carrillo previously pied guilty to a charge of sexuaf assault as part of a plea agreement in which he received 10 years probation and the possibil- ity of deferred adjudication; an in- decency with a child charge against Primeau was dropped in exchange for an agreement to cooperate in II i ith a 1el. aye County 75 00frape restigation and prosecution. .,egual assault charges are still pend- ing against two other men who were younger than 17 at the time of their indictment in May 2008. District Attorney Sherri Tibbe de- clined to discuss the the acquittal, saying in a brief written statement, "There are still matters pending re- garding this incident, so we are un- able to comment." Had he been convicted of second- degree felony sexual assault, Miles, now a university student in Temple, would have faced a possible prison sentence of two to 20 years, Political wives The ower behiPd the podium BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt famously shared her words of wisdom to fenow !! political spouses: 'lways be on- time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the pa- rade car so WHITE everybody can see the President." Punctual, yes. But all told, Andrea White was one-for- three on Roosevelt's advice as she rolled through Kyle last week stumping for her hus- band, Democratic gubernatori- al candidate and former Hous- ton Mayor BillWhite. It was her 21st whistle stop in the last 35 days, and with the Nov. 2 elec- tion day just a few short weeks away, things showed no signs of slowing. What's her secret? "I just like to get 8 hours of sleep," White saidwith a laugh. "That's a luxury my husband rarely gets." White recently published, "PS: Passionate Supporter and Political Spouse," a wryly funny, at times touching look at life on the campaign trail and beyond, for a politician's better half. See POLITICAL WIVES, pg 6A Buda Police Department goes I'ive Buda Mayor Bobby Lane, with Chief Bo Kidd beside him, swears in the first Buda Police Department. The new officers will work 12-hour BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Nine of Buda's finest donned new blue uniforms and took their oaths of office Tuesday night, in the inaugural ceremony of the Buda Police Depart- ment. Buda patrol cars were scheduled to hit the streets at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, taking over the beat from the Hays County Sheriff's Office. "The citizens of Buda will be well served," Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd told citizens and city leaders gathered at City Hall. Buda Mayor Bobby Lane said the ceremony marked the culmination of three years of planning. "This is just a real great day for Buda," Lane said "We're very proud of Bo and what he's been able to do to bring this force together." Kidd formerly served as chief of the Buda Pa- trol, a division of the Hays County Sheriff's Office contracted to BUDA POLICE DEPARTMENT Chief 13o Kidd Det. Brandon Hale Bill Kuykendall Barry Lee Erika Simmons Patdck Cheatham Casey Lopasky Alex Fernanqdez Luke Lysek provide dedicated law enforcement services in Buda city limits. All nine members of the Buda PD formerly worked for the Hays County ShLeriff's Office, and several were stationLed in the Buda area. "These are all seasoned veteran of- ricers that possess experience and a familiarity with this area," Kidd said. Buda officers will patrol the streets 24-7, with shifts from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., 6 p.m.-6 a.m., and an overlapping shift from 2 p.m.-2 a.m. The chief, detective and seven offi- cers have been in training for the last month, and this week moved into their new police station on Houston Street, just east of City Hall. The building is operational, though renovations will be ongoing for about another month, Kidd said. The city developed the contractual law enforcement plan in 2007 with former sheriff Allen Bridges, bring- ing in additional officers dedicated to Buda. The city had been paying about PIloT0 BY JEN BIUNCO shifts, seven days a week. $725,000 annually to the Hays County Sherriff's Office for law enforcement services, but moved last year to ter- minate the county contract and build a home-grown police force. The city's operation is budgeted to run at about $700,000 annually, with most of the funds going to personnel. Hays County is providing dispatch- ing services to the new police depart- ment free through the end of the year. Former Hays County sheriff Don Montagne praised the new force com- ing online. "Buda is extremely fortunate to have a chief of police with officers of this level of experience," Montague said. 'All of these folks worked with me at one time and I think they're going to do an excellent job for Buda." Subb ac COMING UP Kyie, San Marcos chambers bash 6 pm. Thursday. Costume party and after-hours mixer in ob- servance of Halloween r p warehouse, ]22 Old Martindale Road, San Marcos. Food and beverages will be served. 396-8225 PHOTO BY MARiSSA MEEK COURTESY PHOTO ..a n.-,..a,.- Author Vannetta , aknkAnnie Proulx at Porter House ,_ Chapman   7:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winner reads from her work at 7 p m Thursday through Saturday at   . . . .    Katherine Anne Porter House, 508 W. Center St, Kyle Lehman High School Lobo Theatre., I[WB/III 1-3 p.m. Saturoay. Amisn | ,=IrL   , ,,[ Young thespians bring Jane Austens 19th | _1  luncheon and booksign- i  O century to life $5 adults, $4 for students, |  A'7_ ] ing, Buda Public Library ram.--- ,- ........................ _ , [ " ' r|no more tocam evems In me uuHetln, page 5 children and senior citizens. For informa-  $15, 295-5899 . . 13.  [ tion, www.lehmantheatre.com ,u "=111 Complete hstmgs at haysfreepress.com/calendar I--  I P 11_  1 _T  Opinions .................. 4-5A Obituaries .................. 4C  i --,.....wv.,. .... w-- I [] Sports .................. l&2g Business News ........ 1,40   public for an Open House. ' " I  Community ......................... 1-6(3 Classifieds ..................... 2D - Page 1D I i Bulletin Boards ............ 3C Public Notices ............ 2,4D